Mark Rober

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Mark Rober
Rober in 2019
Born (1980-03-11) March 11, 1980 (age 44)
NationalityAmerican
Alma mater
Occupations
Known for
Children1
YouTube information
Channel
Years active2011–present
GenreScience & Technology
Subscribers48.7 million[1][2]
Total views5.63 billion[3][2]
Associated acts
100,000 subscribers2014
1,000,000 subscribers2016
10,000,000 subscribers2019

Last updated: April 7, 2024

Mark Rober (born March 11, 1980[4][5][6]) is an American YouTuber, engineer, inventor, and educator. He is known for his YouTube videos on popular science and do-it-yourself gadgets. Before he became a YouTuber, Rober was an engineer with NASA for nine years, where he spent seven years working on the Curiosity rover at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He later worked for four years at Apple Inc. as a product designer in their Special Projects Group, where he authored patents involving virtual reality in self-driving cars.

Early life and education

Rober was raised in Brea, California, the youngest of three siblings. He graduated from Brea Olinda High School in 1998.[7][8] He became interested in engineering at a young age, making a pair of goggles that helped avoid eye irritation while cutting onions.[6] Rober earned a mechanical engineering degree from Brigham Young University as well as a master's degree from the University of Southern California.[9]

Career

Early career (NASA)

Rober joined NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in 2004.[10] He worked there for nine years, seven of which were spent working on the Curiosity rover, which is now on Mars.[9] He designed and delivered hardware on several JPL missions, including AMT, GRAIL, SMAP, and Mars Science Laboratory.[11] While at NASA, Rober was one of the primary architects for "JPL Wired", which was a comprehensive knowledge capture wiki.[11] He published a case study about applying wiki technology in a high-tech organization to develop an "Intrapedia" for the capture of corporate knowledge.[12]

YouTube channel, science communication

While at NASA, Rober began making viral videos.[6] His videos cover a wide variety of topics, sparking ideas for April Fools' Day pranks[13][14] and teaching about beating an escape room and filming primates in zoos non-invasively.[6] He also advocates for science in many of his videos.[15][16][17]

In October 2011, Rober recorded his first YouTube video. It shows a Halloween costume that used two iPads to create the illusion of seeing through his body.[18] His video of the "gaping hole in torso" costume went viral, receiving 1.5 million views in one day.[19][20] The following year, Rober launched Digital Dudz, an online Halloween costume company that specializes in Halloween costumes based on the same concept as the video (to which Rober holds the patent). The company took in $250,000 in revenue in its first three weeks of operations, and by 2013 his app-integrated costumes were sold in retail stores such as Party City.[18][21][22] The costumes were widely featured on news channels such as CBS News, CNN, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Fox, Yahoo! News, Discovery Channel, The Today Show and GMA.[23] He sold the company to UK-based costume company Morphsuits in 2013.[21]

Demonstration of Mark Rober's glitter bomb

In December 2018, Rober posted a video showing how he tricked parcel thieves with an engineered contraption that sprayed glitter on the thieves, emitted a foul odor, and captured video of the thieves.[24][25] The video went viral, receiving 25 million views in one day. Rober later removed two of the five incidents caught on tape after discovering that two of the thieves were actually friends of a person he hired to help catch the package thieves.[25][26] Rober posted a follow-up in December 2019, teaming up with Macaulay Culkin and featuring an improved design.[27] Rober would post another follow up a year later with a third edition of the bomb.[28] While designing it, Rober collaborated with Jim Browning, Scammer Payback, and various state and federal authorities to use the glitter-bomb bait package as a tactic to track and arrest money mules and their supervisors, who were working with scamming call centers in India to rob elderly people of thousands of dollars. This was in conjunction with a multi-Youtuber movement to get back at and shut down scam callers, while raising awareness to prevent other people from being scammed.[29] The videos resulted in the shutdown of these call centers and the arrest of 15 senior officials involved in the scams.[30]

In 2021, Rober released the video Backyard Squirrel Maze, showing a backyard obstacle course he built to deter squirrels from stealing food from his bird feeders. He released a follow-up video of an updated obstacle course a year later. By September 2023, the original video had 114 million views; the second video, 80 million and the third, 25 million.[31]

Rober has contributed articles to Men's Health,[32] and gave a TEDx presentation in 2015 How to Come Up with Good Ideas[9] and another one entitled The Super Mario Effect – Tricking Your Brain into Learning More.[33] He has also made numerous appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!,[13] including guest-hosting the show in July 2022.[34]

In 2018, it was reported that Rober had been secretly working on virtual reality projects for Apple Inc.,[35] including the company's on-board entertainment for self-driving cars, for which Rober wrote two virtual reality-related patents.[36] Rober worked as a product designer in Apple's Special Projects Group from 2015 to early 2020.[37] In 2020, Rober starred in a Discovery Channel hidden-camera show Revengineers alongside Jimmy Kimmel.[31] He also starred in the series This is Mark Rober on Discovery.[38]

In October 2019, MrBeast and Rober released a project labeled #TeamTrees, after a tweet that suggested that MrBeast should plant 20 million trees. MrBeast and Rober worked with YouTubers across the globe in an effort to make this come true. The goal was to raise $20,000,000 for the Arbor Day Foundation by 2020, while the Arbor Day Foundation would plant one tree for each dollar raised.[39] In 2021, he founded #TeamSeas with MrBeast, which raised $33 million to clean up beaches and seas, along with removing one pound of trash for each dollar donated, with help from The Ocean Cleanup.[40]

CrunchLabs

Rober is the founder of CrunchLabs, an educational technology company he launched in 2022. The company creates hands-on STEM learning experiences and subscription box services (known as CrunchLabs Build Boxes) that contain building projects and engineering challenges for children.[31][41]

Personal life

Rober moved to Sunnyvale, California, in 2015.[37] Rober is an advocate for autism awareness, as his son is autistic.[42] In April 2021, Rober and Jimmy Kimmel hosted a live stream, raising $3 million in support of NEXT for AUTISM.[43]

Awards and nominations

In 2021, the Institution of Engineering and Technology awarded Rober a one-off prize as STEM Personality of the Year[44] and later named him an Honorary Fellow in recognition of his contribution to the engineering profession.[45]

Rober also delivered the 2023 commencement address at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[46]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2018 8th Streamy Awards Science or Education Mark Rober Nominated [47]
2019 9th Streamy Awards Won [48]
2020 10th Streamy Awards Learning and Education Won [49]
Nonprofit or NGO Team Trees (Mark Rober and MrBeast) Won
2021 11th Streamy Awards Science and Engineering Mark Rober Won [50]
Nonprofit or NGO NEXT for AUTISM's Color the Spectrum LIVE[a]
(Mark Rober and Jimmy Kimmel)
Won
2022 26th Webby Awards Webby Film & Video Person of the Year Mark Rober Won [51]
12th Streamy Awards Creator of the Year Nominated [52]
Science and Engineering Won
Collaboration Mark Rober, Jim Browning, and Trilogy Media[b] Won
Social Good: Creator Team Seas (Mark Rober and MrBeast) Won
Brand Engagement Won
Social Impact Campaign Nominated
2023 13th Streamy Awards Science and Engineering Mark Rober Nominated [53]
Creator Product CrunchLabs Nominated

Notes

  1. ^ Live stream hosted by Rober and Jimmy Kimmel
  2. ^ Video entitled "Pranks Destroy Scam Callers - GlitterBomb Payback"

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